The Lima News sent questionnaires to representatives for every issue on the ballot in Allen, Auglaize, Hardin, Putnam and Van Wert counties for this election section. Representatives had the opportunity to discuss the major issues with their issue. Only basic information from the board of elections identifies organizations that did not return a questionnaire yet. We continue to receive more questionnaires every day, so check back here soon to see the latest submitted answers.
VANTAGE CAREER CENTER
Levy sought: 0.7 mill renewal tax levy for five years
Purpose: Permanent improvements
How much will it raise per year for your organization? $498,423.63
Cost of the levy to taxpayers: $7.30 per year for a $50,000 home; $14.60 for a $100,000 home.
Why does your organization need the levy? Permanent improvement funds generated by the renewal levy provide technology and equipment to help us continue to provide quality career technical education for students. Hands-on education is crucial to our high school and adult students in preparing them for the workforce. The technology and equipment needed is very expensive, and the permanent improvement dollars generated help to meet the ongoing need of updating student training to meet the challenges in the world’s workforce.
The permanent improvement renewal levy also provides funds for maintenance of the building. One of the requirements of participating in the Ohio School Facilities Commission program is for vocational schools to set aside monies for ongoing maintenance in the future. Vantage Career Center’s obligation to fulfill the requirement is to set aside $225,040.00 annually. This is nearly half of what the 0.7 mill permanent improvement renewal levy generates.
What will happen if the levy fails? Funds are not sufficient to provide for equipment and technology nor building maintenance if the levy fails. Career-technical education depends heavily on equipment and technology, which students utilize in their daily education. Building maintenance will not be possible if the levy doesn’t renew.
While the renovations made in the co-funded OSFC project are numerous and will bring the building up to code, the district will still have the obligation to set aside $225,040 annually for maintenance costs. If the district does not have the permanent improvement dollars to set aside for the maintenance obligation, the funds will have to come from the district’s operating funds. Vantage’s renewal levy must pass to continue quality career technical education to both high school and adult students for years to come.
Submitted by Staci Kaufman, superintendent